May 2020 Series~

Welcome to this series, which may be the first of many. I am doing extremely well during this pandemic; been working on my mental, physical and spiritual health to a great degree. I wanted to share with all of you how my life has changed during these most difficult times. I look forward to each day and although I am mainly very focused, I still have my moments of difficulty but am symptom free.

Prior to this pandemic, I would just sit for hours all day long and maybe get the dishes done. But now, sitting isn’t what I want to do anymore. Ironically, writing about all these topics of what has benefited me, has been beneficial.

Here are the topics so far for the May series. Feel free to click on the link to go to the page. Any comments are welcome!

The topic for the June 2020 series is Caregivers! It’s my daughters birthday month and I think this theme is fitting because she has been my main caregiver since I was diagnosed in 2008. Although I don’t need her support anymore like I once did, her care for me was priceless. If anyone is a caregiver and would like a certain topic discussed, I would be happy to oblige as I am able. As usual I can be reached at my private email: victoriamariealonso@yahoo.com

Peace to all of you

pax

Victoria

Over productivity side affects…

Greetings to all!

I have been busier than usual this weekend and today…

But I’m still looking for that safe place to land…

Feeling off despite being physically active.  Took my cbd oil and have been taking my supplements but I’m just a little off.  Listening to heavy metal music right now.  It’s my mood.  Off to Nether nether land, boom!

It’s great to have projects to be doing and all the while keeping up with house and bills.  I have a friend who is not mentally disordered who told me today that she quit from her job as maid and cook.  I was like wow, how do you do that?  Haven’t heard back.  Problems in the union I suppose but it made me grateful that I am not feeling like quitting but it would be nice to get a day off.

I do a lot in a day most days lately but I take a lot of breaks.  Still vaping unfortunately but it is an addiction and not one easy to break.  One day…

My unit family at home with me are all pitching in to make the yard better.  This is a miracle.  We have weeds everywhere, well not anymore, and it is great to be buying plants.  Today my husband wanted an orange tree so off I went!  Son will dig hole and plant it and I will take care of it.

I have a side garden where I like to relax with my doggies and it has been overgrown with weeds for over a year.  I am physically limited on how much I can do.  I am not in great shape for gardening but am trying.  My daughter did all the weeding on the side garden!  She worked hard and I am so grateful.

May series starts soon!  It has been a challenge to write the blogs in a word document that really addresses my guessing at what types of readers read this blog.  I don’t get much feedback and always target the Schizophrenia population as that is where my heart lies.  So the aim of this series will be around how some of these activities can be helpful to people with Schizophrenia.  But they are also helpful for people with other mental health disorders or anybody right now with this pandemic.  Off I go to write day 2!

Still open to suggestions.  Feel free to email me at victoriamariealonso@yahoo.com and let me know your interests and struggles.  This is my personal email and will not be seen by anybody but me.

So to conclude.  I am off mentally today but that is ok.  I am not going to be 100 percent every day.  And although I am being over productive I find it is hard for me to rest now that I have gotten a taste of what activities can do for me.  But am going to lay down and take a nap because that is the next thing on my list then it is back to the gardens!

God bless and stay safe.

Pax

Victoria

 

 

My life…

Peaceful

Amazing

I notice the little things often throughout the day  and am amazed at how something so simple, which I may of ignored prior to all this new era of strangeness, can bring me great joy… a flower, a small bug, a smell, a taste…I noticed these things before but now I really try to make them last.

I have my share of problems though and the delusions are not always at bay but today they are~ so it is a good day.

Nice not to have God giving me messages all the time…. things never working out.  But the quiet of heaven also brings a certain sadness and loss although it wasn’t real it was quite special and beautiful.

Today it was a shower that made me joyful.  The hot water and cleaning of my body and care taken with lotion and conditioner.  I feel clean and am pleased that my husband just came home from working at my son’ s yard and is also taking a shower.  Clean couple for how long?

Today was also really cool.  I bought a kiddie pool last year when it was hot and never used it.  Well it was in the eighties today and me and my adult daughter went in it for several hours.  It was so much fun just hanging out with her being silly in a kiddie pool.  Splashing and the doggies hanging out with us.  Great times…

I am working on my May blog series.  Wish I could just share it now but really want to perfect each blog.  Right now in case you can’t tell I just right off the cuff and it doesn’t always makes sense perfectly when I reread my posts.  I reread them because sometimes I forget what helped me prior and it is awesome to have it all recorded on my blog which has been active since 2013.

My first day of the series starting May 1 is on the benefits of yoga.  I don’t practice this near enough.  But when it does it grounds me.  So I will keep trying to get my mat out.

An injury has prevented me from walking my usual 3-5 miles a day.  Stupid toe.  But it is getting better.  Today I gardened in the morning and it was great.  I am not much of a morning person.  The meds I take at night 3mg of Risperdal keeps me drowsy in the am but I wanted to beat the heat so I got out there at 10!!!  A miracle for me.

Oh, dear Jesus, we need a miracle right now, a cure, a healing of the world, by your blood I claim your healing power amen

pax

Victoria

 

How are we doing?…

These are weird times and I wonder how my followers and new readers are doing.  I know not many will answer but I care so am asking.  And if you don’t know here is the checklist I use to check in with myself.

  • Am I keeping my appointments with my psychiatrist, therapist, friends I check in with, touching in with family? Yes.
  • How is my anxiety?  Good.  What do I need right now?  A bath, incense, relaxing activities…Do I need to take a deep breath in and out a few times? yes.  Is my body tense in some areas? No. Do I need to stretch or do some yoga for a bit? yes but not going too because it’s too late.  Take my cbd oil? yes Drink a glass of water?  drinking one right now.  Wash my hands, again? no
  • Have I exercised or at least moved my body?  yes.
  • Have I gotten outside for some sunshine and fresh air? yes.
  • How are my delusions?  Today not so bad, not feeling very special which is great!
  • am I hearing voices or sounds?  nah, haven’t for many years except for the occasional humming in my ear.
  • Am I taking my medicine?  yes, just did, never miss a dose
  • have I gotten my favorite music in mainly Jason Mraz?  Yes and yes, found a new band, Music, travel, love.  Very relaxing…
  • Have I connected with God?  I ask this question last not least and my answer is yes but no messages, thank you God!

These are just some of my questions I ask myself.  So my answer about how I am doing is pretty good tonight.  Off to bed, meant to write about my crazy day but alas this came out instead.

God bless you all,

pax

Victoria

Upcoming series: the benefits of ??? during quarantine…

Well, well!  I thought I posted a blog last night on here but this morning when I checked it had disappeared completely!  Very bummed about that as it really captured my mood last night.

I am starting a series May 1, 2020 which will highlight the benefits of healthy living, mind, body and spirit.  I am going to try to blog each day highlighting one activity that is helping me get through this quarantine.  Hope you like it.

Some of the activities I will be covering are but not limited to the following:

I am also open to any suggestions from my readers.

Spirituality mainly Christianity and Buddhism

Yoga

Cleaning my spaces

Exercise

Music

Cooking healthy

Writing

Having a project to make up or finish at last

????

All topics will cover how I as a person with Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorder use these activities to stay sane and thrive most days in quarantine.

Pax

Victoria

Guest article on financial planning for people with disabilities…

guest4 Essential Financial Planning Steps for People Who Live With Disabilities

Living with a disability can mean living with extra care costs. While you may be fully prepared to pay for those expenses now, life can be full of unexpected surprises. If those surprises impacted your income, whether due to a job loss or sudden injury, could your family afford the added expenses? If you can’t readily answer this question, it may be time to sit down and come up with a financial plan for your future. Without adequate planning, your loved ones could end up footing the bill and feeling overwhelmed. Thankfully, these steps can prevent that added stress.

Signing Up for Adequate Life Insurance

Although no one likes to think about it, if you pass away, that can put an immense financial burden on loved ones. But you can help your loved ones avoid this hassle by buying life insurance online. Online calculators and comparison charts make it easier than ever to shop for life insurance without the need to speak with an agent or even leave your own living room. In the event of your untimely passing, your loved ones can use the proceeds from your policy to replace lost income and help pay for other living costs. You should be aware, however, that a Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder diagnosis might make it tough to qualify for a large sum. Instead, you may need to apply for a guaranteed benefit policy, which is often more expensive and has a lower benefit.

Adding a Final Expense Insurance Policy

If you want even more financial protection for your surviving loved ones in the event of your death, you should also consider purchasing final expense insurance. Unlike life insurance, this sort of policy typically only pays out enough to offset funeral expenses, unpaid medical bills, and other costs that are directly related to your death. By adding final expense coverage, you can provide some added financial cushion for family members so that they can reserve payouts from your traditional life insurance policy for other costs and expenses. The average American funeral can cost $7,000 to $10,000, and that’s only for minimal burial and memorial options, so having extra final expense coverage could save your family a lot of stress during their time of grief.

Considering Long-Term Care Insurance

Will you need long-term care in the future? Over half of all seniors in America will need some variety of long-term care in their lifetime, and the costs of that care can be overwhelming, even if seniors only need care for a couple of years. So if you want to be prepared for your care needs, you need to come up with a financial plan for covering long-term care expenses. For many people, that means buying long-term care insurance. If you are currently in your 60s, 50s, or even younger, long-term care insurance can be much more affordable, so the key is to start shopping early. Purchasing long-term care insurance can prevent your spouse, children, or other family members from having to struggle to find ways to pay for the long-term care you may need. You may also be able to help pay for long-term care by selling your home, so it’s a good idea to stay informed on how much you can make from a sale. Keep in mind how much equity you have in your home and the assorted fees, taxes, and commissions you’ll owe after selling.

Saving Enough for Other Retirement Expenses

Care expenses can already be a major financial burden for retirees, but there are a few unexpected healthcare costs that can take seniors by surprise. Dental care, prescription drugs, and preventative care can all result in added expenses that are not covered by traditional Medicare policies, so it’s especially important for those who are living with disabilities to include these potential healthcare costs in their financial plan for retirement. Estate planning is also important, and signing up for life insurance can be a good start. Still, your estate plan should also include legal documents that will allow loved ones to make decisions regarding your care, your estate, or your final expenses, including a will and the right power of attorney documents.

You may not be able to see into the future, but you don’t need superpowers to create a solid financial plan for your future expenses. Living with a disability can mean even more expense for your loved ones if something should happen to you. So make sure that you have a financial plan for both the expected and the unexpected.

Thank you Ed Carter for writing this and caring about many by sharing such helpful information.

Photo Credit: Rawpixel

Coming soon the benefits of???

Pax

Victoria

Upcoming guest article on financial planning for my readers and me too!

Gracefully, I was contacted by a gentleman who wanted to bring his knowledge of financial planning to my blog.  Happily I accepted and it will be released soon coming up hopefully by this weekend.  It’s good advice for anyone but especially people who suffer from Schizophrenia or other mental health disorders (I still refuse to call myself sick).

So watch for it with the # financial planning for the mentally disordered or follow my blog.  You can also contact me as usual at: victoriamariealonso@yahoo.com with any questions or suggestions.

I have never had a guest blogger so am pretty excited to share his blog with you.  Thank you ahead Ed!

As far as my quarantined life I am doing pretty good actually.  Been keeping myself busy with various cooking, cleaning, gardening and blogging projects.  Which by the way leads to my next topic.

May 1, 2020 I will be releasing a series of blogs throughout May with various topics daily hopefully.  My first blog will be on the benefits of…. your choice or mine?  Any suggestions see email above and put in title, topic request.

Some that I am thinking of are music, gardening, yoga, eating healthy etc.  But am open.

I am also awaiting my new acoustic guitar to arrive!!!  Should my first song be “I won’t give up” by my favorite musician Jason Mraz?  For those of you who have been with me for a while know my mantra has been through my hardest times, ‘still not giving up’ based on Jason’s song.  So it will be a tribute of some sort to him.  My son plans to learn it too and is also excited  But I am staying sane and healthy at home for now with my other projects.

Hope this blog finds all of you with peace and love in your hearts,

pax

Victoria